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May 6, 2021

Spring DIY: Upcycled Magazine Rack Planter

By Corina Patterson

Hey, there, it’s Sarah of again, with a new upcycling idea for you.

Sunny days and mild weather can only mean one thing- it’s Spring and it’s time to get outside! Adding curb appeal to your home with unique and whimsical planters is the perfect Spring activity. Magazine racks are pretty easy to find at the Charlotte Region ReStores, and are EXCELLENT candidates to upcycle into planters – no matter the size, shape, or material they’re made of.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Magazine Rack from one of the Charlotte Region ReStores
  • Spray Paint (Optional)
  • Waterproofing Topcoat (Spray or Brush-on)
  • Coco Liner Roll
  • Craft or Heavy Duty Scissors
  • Potting Soil
  • Trowel
  • Plants

Safety first!

For any spray painting or waterproofing that you do, make sure you have a well-ventilated area to work in. And if you have outdoor pets, please ensure that you select non-toxic plants for your planter.

magazine rack at the Pineville ReStore

Here’s how I made this Spring Planter:

  • Head to one of our ReStores and scout out a magazine holder of your choice. I found this curvy wire magazine holder at the Pineville Store and knew it was the perfect planter candidate.
  • If you plan on painting your magazine holder, go ahead and do that next. I opted to leave mine as-is (white).

  • Because my magazine holder will become an outside fixture, I opted to give it two light coats of a waterproofing spray to help it stand up to the elements.
  • After the waterproofing spray dried overnight, I grabbed some coco liner (from a garden or even some craft stores).
  • With my craft scissors, I cut down a large piece of liner and laid in the magazine rack. It only covered the front and back of the rack, so I then cut out two pieces to cover the sides. Now my magazine holder was ready to be planted!
Spray with protectant
Coco Grass Liner
Finished Magazine Rack Planter

  • I added a layer of potting soil and some annuals to my planter. Then I filled in any gaps with additional soil and watered my new flowers!

I think it’s actually cuter as a planter than as a magazine holder! And it was SO EASY to upcycle.

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Are you loving this fun way to create a whimsical planter for your yard? Take a snap and tag us (@cltregionrestore and @sadieseasongoods) with the hashtag #ReStorePlanters! Happy Planting!

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